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Did you know that there are many famous and successful people who are also dyslexic? Steven Spielberg, Henry Winkler, Magic Johnson, Tom Cruise, Agatha Christie, William Hewlett, Thomas Edison, Jennifer Aniston and more. Did you also know that the IDA (International Dyslexia Association) states that 1 in 10 people experience the challenges of dyslexia?

October has been designated as National Dyslexia Awareness month in the U.S. The goal is to raise awareness of dyslexia and help people understand that with appropriate teaching methods and programs, people with dyslexia can learn and be successful. Read more »

Heading into the Home Stretch

Stay focused on the school year and less on summer break. Sand Hill School at Children's Health Council

It’s that time of year—before you know it, we will be at the last day of school for the year. This time of year is typically filled with more activities than usual as well as end of year projects for students.

Here are some tips to help navigate through this time of year— Read more »

Different is Good. Stay Different.

Dyslexic minds are amazing minds. Sand Hill School at Children's Health Council

Sand Hill is a school for kids with who learn differently. But, the fact is, all of us learn differently from one another. Most Sand Hill students have a diagnosis of dyslexia. As you may know, dyslexia is a different brain organization that needs different teaching methods. At Sand Hill, we also teach our kids to be aware that their brain works differently—and to appreciate that. Read more »

What is Executive Functioning Anyway?

The development of Executive Functioning skills correlates with brain development

We talk a lot about Executive Function (EF) skills and the importance of building EF in our kids. But, what does that really mean?

The following are every day examples of how we use Executive Functioning — Read more »

A Sea of Strengths

Kids with dyslexia are often blessed with a sea of strengths Sand Hill School

Students usually come to Sand Hill having had a frustrating and discouraging experience with school already.  Generally, typical classrooms are set up to focus on academics–reading, writing and more. So the child with learning differences spends most of the day in a setting that focuses on all of their challenges and that ends up being a disheartening experience that robs them of self-esteem.

We want to change the school experience for our students. Read more »

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